Delayed blossoming are among the issues cited in two coffee-growing areas, Karnataka and Kerala. High temperatures and lack of rain in Karnataka in particular have had a negative impact on Robusta there—a projected decrease in production of more than 10%. Arabica plantings fared better with May rains triggering the beginning of a healthier bloom set.
The coffee board considers 2016-17 to be an off year also due to the previous year being “… a bumper year with an all-time record highest crop.”
The only districts that appear will produce more are Tamil Nadu with a minor increase of just over 1.5% predicted and northeastern regions of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa looking to produce about 7% more than in the previous year.